I’ve got to be honest, med school is starting to wear me down. Even though I am doing fine in classes, the amount of material starts to become overwhelming. Add in the stress of figuring out how to find time (and motivation) to study for Step 1, deciding on my rotation schedule for next year and balancing life in general I feel… tired I guess.
And yet, med school does not dominate my life. I do other things. And that’s what I want to talk about today. I think it will cheer me up. So what else do I do?
I spend time with my wife. She is amazing and whenever I have the chance to spend time with her, I do. We are addicted to Netflix and have gone through several TV series’ in the past year. We love to settle down with some snacks or a meal and lose ourselves in a quality show.
We go out on dates. We’ve been to the Omaha Zoo, we have a membership at the Lauritzen Botanical Gardens and we recently spent an afternoon at the Jocelyn Art Museum. We like finding second run movie theaters and sneaking in candy to save money.
We love to travel. Obviously this is difficult to manage in medical school, but we had an amazing road trip last summer and have found time to spend long weekends in Chicago, Kansas City and St. Louis. We also love visiting our families in Colorado and Oregon.
I do my best to find time to read. And I do okay. I recently finished reading The Hunger Games trilogy. Over winter break I read Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut and The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I am currently reading Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley.
I play intramural basketball and when the weather is nice I take our dog for a jog. I don’t exercise as much as I would like to. I’m not a big fan of going to the gym and unfortunately the winters in Omaha make it more difficult to bike and run outside.
I write. I have dreams of being an accomplished writer someday but for now I’ll settle for this humble blog and the occasional article for Student Health 101. I have an idea for a novel that’s been bouncing around my head for years but I’ve only written a small portion of it. I am hoping I’ll have some more free time next year to spend a little more time on it.
And that’s a good chunk of what I do outside of medical school. Overall life is good!
Fellow medical students, what is your life like outside of medical school?